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The Successes of Gen I

Discussion in 'Pokémon Generation I & II Discussion' started by Argentarus, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. Argentarus

    Argentarus Dark-type Gym Leader

    Looking past all its flaws, what elements does everybody love about Generation I?
  2. Satoshi & Touko

    Satoshi & Touko Ayla going to the Kingdom! :D

    - It's the birth of the franchise
    - It's easier money for the franchise (that's either a success or a fail depending on who you are)
    - It's the generation of Kanto, the region that some of my favorite characters from both the anime and the games are from.
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  3. RileyXY1

    RileyXY1 Young Battle Trainer

    The simplicity is one of the best things about these games.
    Without these games, this franchise wouldn't be around.
    The games were so monumental at the time.
    Kanto was more nonlinear due to the HMs having not a lot of required uses.
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  4. KyogreThunder

    KyogreThunder Call of Fate

    -The fact these games have started the franchise
    -A number of Generation I Pokemon, such as Arcanine, Ninetales, Starmie, Lapras, Gyarados, Jolteon, Vaporeon, Sandslash, Nidoking, Gengar, Victreebel, Articuno and Moltres
    -The fact your rival actually becomes the Champion
    -The region is fairly non-linear
    -The fact you can get certain Pokemon (such as Farfetch'd) only through in-game trades
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  5. raichu27

    raichu27 Well-Known Member

    • How Giovanni got to be the final gym leader.
    • Being able to get multiple items with a glitch.
    • The number of Pokemon that was introduced, especially Nidoking, Jolteon, Starmie, Alakazam, Charizard, Venusaur, Articuno, Zapdos, Machamp, Gengar, Snorlax, Sandslash, Mewtwo, etc.
    • I grew up with it, and the anime for it.
    • Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, and Koga as gym leaders.
    • The towns.
    • The first Pokemon game for the Game Boy.
    • To name a few...
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  6. Thakamizu

    Thakamizu Wicked Angel Witch

    The 2D graphic;
    The sprites;
    The simplicity of almost everything;
    A huge nostalgia feeling;
    It was the Generation I started with.
  7. Missingno.Fan

    Missingno.Fan Well-Known Member

    -The fact it started the franchise
    -Being able to purchase evolution stones.
    -Being able to do the gyms in pretty much any order
  8. Kein

    Kein AKA Unown Seer

    Really, everything but the graphics and glitches (which most people didn't mind) was a success. It doesn't matter that there were improvements in later games.

    So I'll focus on what I find positively unique about these games:

    -Simple and intuitive Pokemon designs, as continued in the follow-up generation.
    -Becoming the Champion was personal due to your cocky rival. You didn't just go through the motions out of habit.
    -Team Rocket being like the mafia/yakuza and genuinely affecting the region in a believable way. That made them more menacing to me, especially regarding Marowak.
    -The mystery of Mewtwo's backstory. The first movie filled up the holes, but it's obvious that the game story is different and yet largely untold.
    -Moving around Kanto required some thinking.
    -Pikachu in Yellow. It was hard to train but having it around was worth it.
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  9. Captain Jigglypuff

    Captain Jigglypuff Leader of Jigglypuff Army Staff Member

    • Started a global phenomenon that is still going on strong
    • Game is easy to learn but isn’t so easy that it can be completed in less than a day.
    • Encouraged players to interact with each other to complete the Poké Dex
    • Helped prolonged the lifespan of the original Game Boy
    • The weakness chart was planned out rather well other than the odd instance that Ghost attacks did nothing to Psychic types and Poison and Bug Pokémon were weak to each other.
  10. Leonhart

    Leonhart Disney fanatic

    Gen I established the franchise and began my obsession with Pokemon, so that is my greatest compliment about the Kanto games.
  11. Monster Guy

    Monster Guy Fairy Types IRL

    Without Gen 1, Pokemon wouldn't be where it is today.

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